Life Span Perspectives of Suicide

Time-Lines in the Suicide Process

  • Antoon A. Leenaars

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John Benjafield
      Pages 3-15
    3. Ronald W. Maris
      Pages 25-38
    4. Edwin S. Shneidman
      Pages 39-52
  3. Epidemiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. John L. McIntosh
      Pages 55-69
    3. David Lester
      Pages 71-80
    4. David P. Phillips, Daniel G. Smith
      Pages 81-92
  4. Suicide by Time-Lines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Antoon A. Leenaars, Susanne Wenckstern
      Pages 95-107
    3. Alan L. Berman
      Pages 109-120
    4. Antoon A. Leenaars
      Pages 121-136
    5. W. D. G. Balance, Antoon A. Leenaars
      Pages 137-151
    6. Joseph Richman
      Pages 153-167
  5. Correlates of Suicide

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Jerome A. Motto, Victor I. Reus
      Pages 171-186
    3. Steven Stack
      Pages 187-213
  6. Survivor Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Bonnie Frank Carter, Allan Brooks
      Pages 231-258
    3. Norman L. Farberow
      Pages 259-279
  7. Preventing Suicide

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. John T. Maltsberger
      Pages 295-307
  8. Concluding Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Antoon A. Leenaars
      Pages 311-317
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 319-325

About this book


In recent years, a great deal of interest has been focused on suicide in the elderly and in the young. However, in line with modem trends in psychology, sociology, psychiatry, anthropology, and other human health fields, interest has now shifted to suicide across the life span, from childhood through adulthood to old age. This book has been conceptualized within this developing tradition. There are various ways in which life's timelines can be conceptualized. Developmental theory, we believe, should be open-ended. This has widened-and will continue to widen-our understanding of many complicated human acts including suicide. Though suicide is in many ways the same across the entire life span, understanding the time-lines in the suicidal process is imperative. To do so, however, is, we believe, challenging. In this volume, we attempt to engage in the process of understanding suicide from a developmental perspective. To do this, we have been fortunate to obtain the cooperation of a highly competent group of contributors. One interesting footnote to our list of authorities is that they represent suicidologists from across the life span-a few who are at the beginning of their careers, a large number in their middle years, and a few who are in the Indian summer of their professional lives.


epidemiology prevention psychiatry psychology suicide

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